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5th - 6th Grade Non-Participation in Class / Activities

POLICY ON PARENT AND DOCTOR NOTES 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
As a vital part of our curriculum, all students are required to participate in physical education.  Attire for physical education should include clean, non-marking shoes and appropriate clothing for physical activity.  To be excused from participating, a student MUST have a doctor’s note stating why he/she/they cannot participate and for how long the student will be excused.  If a student is injured and is waiting to go to a doctor, a parent note may be used.  However, a parent note will only be good for one day.  The student MUST have a doctor’s note if he/she/they is to continue to be excused from physical education class. 
 
Students who physically do not participate in physical education class will be responsible for everything taught in class on an informational/knowledge/intellectual basis.  Any student with an excused absence/non-participation day in physical education is not permitted to participate in active extracurricular functions.  This includes sports camps, intramural athletics, and the travel basketball team. 
Please keep in mind that teachers are not physicians.  When notes are being written to our teachers, please be specific.  Terms such as “limited activity”, “some activity”, “not too much activity” and “do what they feel like” are very ambiguous and open to varied interpretation.  Therefore, any notes which are not specific will be interpreted as no physical activity.   
A student must participate to earn at least a satisfactory grade in physical education.  Prolonged   absence from physical education, without a doctor’s excuse, could jeopardize the student’s grade.  Therefore, all communication for excused participation from physical education should be made with the physical education teacher.  Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s physical education teacher. 
 
RECESS 
Recess will be held outdoors, weather permitting.  Students will go outside for recess unless the wind chill factor or temperature is below fifteen degrees Fahrenheit.  If the temperature is 95 degrees Fahrenheit or the humidity is at 95%, teachers will use extreme caution while monitoring students at recess.  Consequently, students should dress appropriately on all days as they will be expected to go outside with their classes.  In the event that the weather prevents outdoor recess, teachers may hold indoor recess instead. 
 
Students not participating may bring a note from home or their physician.  Our school policy only allows a student to use a note from home for three school days.  After that time, a parental note should be replaced with a doctor’s note.  Parents need to communicate any recess excuse with both the school nurse and the homeroom teacher. Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s homeroom teacher. 

After School Activities—Any student who is ill and has either not attended school or has been sent home sick from school may not participate in any after-school activities until symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours.  In order to participate in any extra-curricular or after school activity, a student must be in attendance at school a minimum of one half day on the day of the event.

DISSECTION 
Participation in hands-on science is important to learning science, and students are encouraged to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum.  Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections.   
 
Classroom Procedures for Dissection Activities 
 
When dissection is used in the classroom: 
 
  • Teachers will thoroughly explain the learning objectives of the lesson. 
  • All specimens will be treated with respect. 
  • All students will be informed prior to the dissection that they have the option of discussing individual concerns about dissection with their teacher. 
  • Upon completion of the dissection, the remains will be appropriately disposed of as recommended by the local board of public health. 
 
Procedures for Students Requesting an Alternative to Dissection 
 
When dissection is part of the curriculum, schools will provide alternatives activities for students who object to dissections.  Expectations for student learning is the same for students who participate in dissections and those who opt for an alternative to dissection.   
 
The procedure and expectations for a student requesting an alternative to dissection is as follows: 
 
  • At least one week prior to the dissection activity, a student’s parent or guardian will submit in writing a request for an alternative to dissection. 
  • The teacher will determine an acceptable alternative to dissection and will specify in writing what is expected of the student. Alternative to dissection activities will allow students to gain the same content knowledge as a dissection activity and will require a comparable investment of time and effort by the student. 
  • The student will complete the alternative activity within the assigned time and will be expected to learn the same content knowledge as if the student performed the dissection activity. 
  • The student will be subject to the same course standards and assessments as other students in the class. 


 

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